I'm Lecturer in Computer Science and a member of the Interaction Lab (video about what we do here), at the School of Mathematical and Computer Sciences in Heriot-Watt University.

The focus of my work is in dialogue modelling: understanding people's everyday use of language in interaction with others, and building better computational models of it. I did my PhD on processes whereby people reach mutual understanding in everyday conversation. Later I started working on Dynamic Syntax - a formal/computational model of how people produce and understand language incrementally, word-by-word. I'm now applying this model, in combination with machine learning techniques to build more intelligent and more natural conversational systems; and systems that can learn language from interaction with a human partner.

See here for more.